The controversial 6.7 km-long steel flyover from Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal flyover junction has been approved by the state cabinet on Wednesday.

 

After serious negotiations, the contract was handed over to Larsen &Turbo (L&T) at an estimated cost of ₹1,350 crore, but the total contract amount will sum up to ₹1791 crore. 

 

The much-anticipated flyover has been slated for completion in the next 24 months which will ease the traffic congestion at Ballari Road and Chalukya Circle. The six-lane flyover will have three up-ramps at Raj Bhavan, Maharani College and Mehkri Circle. 

 

"Once the construction of the bridge has been completed, it would facilitate easy flow of traffic in the area. It'll be the longest steel bridge in the country," said Karnataka Law Minister TB Jayachandra.

 

According to technical experts, the pre-fabricated factory-built bridge would be mounted on the Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal flyover junction stretch. Close to 55,000 tonnes of steel would be utilised to construct the steel bridge. 

 

However, the construction of the bridge won't be a cakewalk. The steel flyover proposal had been widely criticised by Bengaluru's civic and urban planning experts.

 

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In order to proceed with the project, over 800 trees will be axed and also the green cover along the Karnataka Golf Course, Balabrooie Guest House and Military Memorial Park will be affected. But close to 60,000 saplings would be planted in various extensions and layouts of Bengaluru to compensate cutting down of trees at the flyover site.

 

A couple of private constructions along the length of the proposed project will have to be demolished. Also, three acres of the government and one acre of private land will have to be acquired to kickstart the construction of the bridge.

 

The ambitious elevated corridor would be part of a larger network of the five elevated corridors linking the northern-southern and eastern-western segments of the city.